Sunday, January 19, 2014

Family Secrets and God's Promises: A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

When Allison married Tony she was sure God promised that her marriage would be forever. Now she's divorced and living alone in the mountain cabin in Idaho willed to her by her Aunt Emma. Tony is an alcoholic. When Allison put her foot down, he walked out. Now she's wondering if she did the right thing and wondering why God didn't keep the promise he made.

Looking through her new home, she finds her aunt's diaries in the attic. Growing up, her aunt, a commercial photographer, seemed to have it all together, but now Allison finds that she had her own struggles. Getting to know her aunt as a young woman and finding her secrets helps Allison come to terms with her own life.

This is a warm and very special story. Robin Lee Hatch bases it on her own life and struggles with an alcoholic husband. Because of this, Allison's struggles ring very true. The characters are realistic. The setting is lovely. You can't help but enjoy the Idaho mountain scenery and the towns people. I loved Gizmo, her little dog. He add much needed comic relief.

If you're struggling with divorce, or trying to understand how God is working in your life, even though it may not be what you expected, this book will introduce you to the secrets of two other women struggling with similar problems. It can change your outlook. I highly recommend this book.

I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.